Armoured Crusader: The Biography of Major-General Sir Percy 'Hobo' Hobart, One of the Most Influential Military Commanders of the Second World War

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Percy Hobart was one of the greatest military thinkers of his time. Sidelied by the military establishment, he was brought out of retirement at the insistence of Winston Churchill in the lead up to Overlord. Hobart provided the British part of the Allied landing forces with all kinds of unique variants of established military vehicles, specially designed to overcome the peculiar obstacles expected in a beach landing in such hevily defended territory.

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Overview

Percy Hobart was one of the greatest military thinkers of his time. Sidelied by the military establishment, he was brought out of retirement at the insistence of Winston Churchill in the lead up to Overlord. Hobart provided the British part of the Allied landing forces with all kinds of unique variants of established military vehicles, specially designed to overcome the peculiar obstacles expected in a beach landing in such hevily defended territory.

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'Hobart was the Guderian, in some ways also the Rommel, of the British Army few men have left so deep an impression on people, and on their profession - in this case on the evolution of military technique.'
Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart

'A brilliant study of a great man. A story every army officer should read. His place in the history of modern warfare is secure - marked by his vision and deep professional understanding, underlined by immense courage, devotion to duty and determination - characteristics which brought him to the borders of genius. Kenneth Macksey is to be warmly congratulated on making a very solid contribution to the written record of the Royal Tank Regiment and for drawing so sure a picture of its greatest member.'
The Tank

'I enjoyed the book enormously. Hobo was superb as GOC 79th Armoured Division.'
Montgomery of Alamein

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904010647
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 6/12/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xvii
Part 1 Research
1 Rather a Bold Air 3
2 Shock 19
3 Frustration and Kut al Amara 31
4 Mobility 44
Part 2 Development
5 The Watershed 69
6 The First Tank Brigade 97
7 Prophet in His Own Country 133
8 The Journey to Egypt 155
Part 3 Production
9 When the Thumbs are Turned Down 177
10 The Black Bull 196
11 The Best of the Black Bull 223
12 The 'Funnies' 243
13 Invasion 271
14 The Last Rivers 299
15 Into Harbour 322
Bibliography 339
Index 341
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